The Hopes and Fears of All the Years: 30 Years behind and the Road Ahead for the Widespread Use of Mediation
29 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2016
Date Written: October 10, 2016
Looking through the windshield in 1985, the dispute resolution community was enthusiastic about mediation's promise: the promise of a radically different paradigm premised on party-driven resolution and collaborative decision-making. Peering ahead, mediation's pioneers anticipated a quiet revolution in conflict management toward more therapeutic and democratic processes. What do events in the last three decades tell us about the high and low points — the successes and failures — in the journey of that endeavor? Looking forward, how might we best align reality with our highest aspirations and avoid the disappointing troughs we encountered in those past decades? This article addresses those questions.
Keywords: Mediation, Dispute Resolution, ADR
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